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The Pacific Wolf Coalition
This update provides an overview of gray wolf conservation and management activities in Washington during November 2020.
Despite the fact that Washington’s wolf population has grown rapidly in recent years and are near a recovered population level, state agencies are considering increased restrictions on ranchers. This decision would put the success of wolf recovery at odds with ranchers – a bad precedent for the long-term success of recovery efforts.
The ODFW identified a new area of known wolf activity in the Murderers Creek Wildlife Unit. The area in southern Grant County east of Seneca has seen at least two different wolves over the past three years.
In southwest Oregon, ranchers, agencies, and conservation groups are working together to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts.
During an interrogation, a rancher insisted he didn’t kill the wolf, though his family — like so many in this part of the state — has no love for the predators that began to move back into far Northern California nine years ago.
Seven of eight wolves that were moved to Isle Royale National Park from Michipicoten Island in Ontario have started forming packs, securing territory and having pups.
Wisconsin will resume its wolf season next November after the animal is dropped from the federal endangered species list.
There are a few thousand eastern wolves in Ontario and Quebec. DNA analysis of scat found in northern Maine near Canada shows that at least one of them has crossed the border, making it the first documented case of that species in the U.S.
Artists and campaigners work to ensure the life and death of the lone sea wolf known as Takaya was not wasted.
Animal advocates have asked the federal health minister to review a decision that allows Alberta to keep using strychnine to poison wolves in an ongoing effort to preserve caribou herds.
Melting permafrost yields secrets of how a 6-week-old wolf puppy lived and died.
Other Wolf Worthy News
Global biodiversity loss is indicative of the massive influence of human activity that defines the Anthropocene. Some scholars argue that changes in behaviour at the scale necessary to address this crisis will require wholesale change in cultural values. However, evidence is lacking on whether values are shifting. To better understand this phenomenon, we analysed long-term, large-scale trend data regarding wildlife values in the United States. Findings confirmed an increased endorsement of mutualism values (seeing wildlife as part of one’s social community and deserving of rights like humans) accompanied by a decline in values emphasizing domination (treating wildlife as resources to be used for human benefit), a trend further visible in cross-generational cohort analysis. We also found strong associations between state-level values and trends in urbanization, connecting the shift to macro-level socioeconomic factors. Results suggest positive outcomes for conservation but the field’s ability to adapt will be critical to realizing those outcomes.
New research examins how hunting wolves in Idaho and Alberta impacted the chances of acceptance for immigrant animals. The results of the study, which surprised the primary authors, raise questions about a long-held tenet of wolf ecology.
Experts say old, repurposed techniques and new technologies may be better than bullets at curbing attacks by the predators.